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Girasol Alive Blog Writer 1.0

Angelica Soto

Joined: Apr 16, 2009
Posts: 5

Hi guys,

We have been building a Blog Writer desktop application using java and swing.

You can take a look at our 1.0 version using this link -> or

We have reach the stage where we want add plugin functionality.

My concerns are about it are the following:

About Loading and Downloading

  • Should we just download them using https from our site to our temporal directory and create a custom classloader .
  • How do you recommend us to download and load the pluggins?
  • Do you know any other mecanism that we can benefit from?


  • Is it posible to isolate attached jars? How? I mean if two pluggins contain 2 separated versions of spring it could be problematic.
  • Is it posible to partially isolate downloaded pluggins? It would be great have comunication between a limited number of clases.
  • Our application uses jnlp, can we reuse something in that area?


  • Does anybody knows about an existing library for us to use?

I have no experience with custom classloaders therefore I think I can benefit from every one of your comments,

thank you
-- Angel

PS: I leave you with some screenshots of our project.

I agree. Here's the link:
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